National Water Academy (NWA) organised the first training programme on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) for All India Services Officers at Pune.
Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture gave the overview of the PMKSY and also released the Training Manual and Reading Materials on the prgramme for District Irrigation Plan (DIP).
Under PMKSY, the Centre has decided to organise training programmes for all India Services Officers (IAS/IFS) of recent three batches. The Centre has designated National Water Academy (NWA) as resource institute for organising the first training programme of the series with western states of the country such as Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan, wherein about 20 IAS/IFS officers are participating.
Inaugurating the training programme, Dr DK Jain, Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture), Government of Maharashtra stressed on the water use and efficiency and crop change to judiciously use the scarce water resources.
In the key Note Speech, Dr Amita Prasad, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt of India, stressed the need for new ways for irrigation practices. keeping in view the pressure on water resources and reviving some traditional water conservation practices, if they prove beneficial.
The major objective of the PMKSY is to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level, expand cultivable area under assured irrigation, improve on- farm water use efficiency to reduce wastage of water, enhance the adoption of precision irrigation and other water saving technologies, enhance recharge of aquifers and introduce sustainable water conservation practices by exploring the feasibility of reusing treated municipal based water for peri-urban agriculture and attract greater private investment in precision irrigation system.
The training programme has been designed for addressing broad contours of micro-irrigation and convergence of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA) and giving a framework of preparation of a District Irrigation Plan.